Grace Baptist Church in Kent will be a wheelchair drop-off site on Saturday (Aug. 13).
Manual wheelchairs in any condition, as well as walkers and canes, will be accepted for the Wheels for the World ministry of Joni and Friends during this year's Northeastern Ohio collection day.
Donations may be brought to the main parking lot of the church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 5915 Rhodes Road in Kent. Questions about the collection may be directed to the website, www.graceinkent.org, or call the church office at 330-678-9019.
Joni and Friends is the international, faith-based ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada. JAF reaches out to people affected by disability in the United States and 14 other countries. Paul and Pat Welch of Kent serve as volunteers with Joni and Friends and hope this year's wheelchair collection will be as successful as last year's.
"We were excited and encouraged by the number of chairs brought to us," said Paul. "These donations make a huge difference in someone's quality of life. In countries like El Salvador, a wheelchair allows a disabled person to be part of their community or village, and if they are a child, to attend school."
Donations received at Grace Baptist on Saturday will be taken to a triage center in Northeastern Ohio for assessment on their condition.
From there, they are transported to various prisons in the U.S. to be refurbished and ultimately shipped around the world to a Wheels for the World outreach event.
A team of physical therapists travels with the chairs to these distribution events so each one can be fitted properly to the person receiving it.